05 November, 2005
Europe and its citizens – the internal policies of the Union

The UEF Federal Committee, taking place in Brussels, 4-5 November 2005,

Considering that

- The European Union has assured, for more than 50 years, peace, democracy, employment and economic development

- Without a federal government, Europe is unable to cope with the challenges of globalisation, contribute to international peace, promote sustainable growth and the social market economy

- The Stability and Growth Pact has given the euro-zone financial stability, but not growth

- Without the European Constitution, intergovernmental Europe has revealed its limits when national governments, during the European summit on 16-17 June and at the informal summit of Hampton Court, were unable to approve the new financial perspectives for 2007-13

Worried about

- The low economic growth and high unemployment

- The increasing competitiveness gap with the United States, as well as with China and India

Asks the European Commission

- To produce a “European plan for sustainable growth” based on the Lisbon Agenda goals (Trans-European Networks, research and development projects, energy, etc) financed, as proposed in the Delors Plan of 1993, with a ‘union bond’ realised with the help of European projects such as Galileo

Reaffirms that if the European Commission

- Is not able to gather a consensus for a “European plan for sustainable growth”, a vanguard of states, as was the case for monetary union, could use the provisions for “enhanced cooperation” to create a European plan as the first step towards a federal government of the economy

- Does not produce a “European plan for sustainable growth”, it should resign.

Calls upon the European Parliament to support this position.

Adopted by the FC, 18 votes in favour, 6 against, 13 abstention.



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